Don’t believe the hype about how essential drugs are in severe cases…

Patients with more severe depression gain as much clinical benefit from low-intensity interventions, such as self-help books and websites, as those with less severe depression, researchers found.

In a meta-analysis, patients who were more severely depressed at baseline had larger treatment effects with low-intensity interventions than those who were less depressed (coefficient -0.1, 95% CI -0.19 to -0.002), reported Peter Bower, PhD, of the University of Manchester in England, and colleagues online in BMJ. (read more)

YES, THANK YOU…don’t believe the hype about how essential drugs are in severe cases. … [click on title to read the rest]

What your MD should tell you about SSRI antidepressants

Antidepressant medication is the most commonly prescribed treatment for people with depression. They are also commonly prescribed for other conditions, including bipolar depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, chronic pain syndromes, substance abuse and anxiety and eating disorders. According to a 2011 report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one out of every ten people (11%) over the age of 12 in the US is on antidepressant medications. Between 2005 and 2008, antidepressants were the third most common type of prescription drug taken by people of all ages, and they were the most frequently used medication by people between the ages of 18 and 44. In other words, millions of people are prescribed antidepressants and are affected by them each year.

Ethan Watters: The Globalization of the American Psyche, crazy like us

We are homogenizing how citizens in other cultures lose their minds and in that process we disconnect people from their cultures. American belief about psychiatry is a violent intrusion on other people’s cultures. Ethan Watters looks at how we impose our ideas on other parts of the world. … [click on title for the rest of the post]